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China’s frenzied attacks on Christmas as a ‘foreign intrusion’


There may be no exact translation for “humbug” in Chinese, but in recent days, as popular fervour for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this officially atheist nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back with Scrooge-like zeal. On Wednesday, university students in the central province of Hunan held an anti-Christmas pageant with … Continue reading

Chinese river mysteriously turns blood red overnight


A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color. Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air. “The really weird thing is that we have … Continue reading

The mystery shrouding China’s Communist Party suicides


Being a government official in China is not for the faint of heart, the thin-skinned or the fragile of mind. A recent state media report has reverberated online and in the Communist Party press by revealing that at least 54 Chinese officials died of “unnatural causes” in 2013, and that more than 40 percent of … Continue reading

In wealthy Chinese city, debt guarantees spark default contagion


A network of loan guarantees set up to improve companies’ access to credit in one of China’s richest districts is creating new risks of default as some debts sour, another sign of how private firms are bearing the brunt of an economic slowdown. Chinese media have reported on a credit crunch developing among steel and … Continue reading

China seizes Japanese ship for “failure to return ship leased before World War II”


Shanghai Marine Court has seized a huge Japanese ore carrier to enforce its verdict on a dispute over a defunct Japanese company‘s failure to return a ship rented 80 years ago. Singtao Daily says that the ship Baosteel Emotion was a new ore carrier built in 2011. It is 320 meters long and 54 meters … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping purging select corrupt officials to put own men in place


Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said. Xi hopes that removing corrupt officials and those resisting change will allow him to consolidate his grip on … Continue reading

The real China housing collapse: Actual buildings


They don’t build ‘em like they used to, and when it comes to housing in China, that’s probably a good thing. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the price behind the breakneck pace of China’s construction boom since the reform and opening is becoming clear, with buildings collapses frequently involving those constructed in the … Continue reading

China sends riot police to block new protests by flood victims


Authorities in eastern China dispatched riot police on Wednesday to guard against a resumption of anti-government protests after a day of clashes pitting security forces against thousands of victims of the worst floods in a century. On Tuesday, residents of Yuyao city massed in front of the local government headquarters, denouncing what they decried as … Continue reading

Overcrowding on farms behind mystery of China’s floating pigs


Overcrowding on farms around Shanghai was the underlying factor that led to 16,000 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu river into China’s affluent financial centre, according to an analysis of official documents and interviews with farmers in the region. The appearance last month of carcasses of rotting hogs in a river that supplies tap water … Continue reading

1000 dead ducks found in Sichuan river


Much like the 16,000 dead pigs found floating in a different part of the river, the discovery of over 1000 dead ducks in the Nanhe has raised some serious questions. Foremost amongst them is how they died and why they were in the river in the first place. According to the Agence Free Press, the … Continue reading

Party cadre pins hopes of China’s food security on overseas farms


Leery of product safety in China, Zhu Zhangjin is urging farmers to invest abroad like he has. Zhu Zhangjin calls himself a farmer, but he has little time or love for mainland farm goods. Nor is he afraid to speak his mind on the matter. Zhu also happens to be party secretary of Huafeng village … Continue reading

Millions of tonnes of rural refuse are dumped in China’s waterways each year


Millions of tonnes of untreated refuse from the countryside end up in rivers and lakes annually. Many were shocked when thousands of dead pigs were found floating on Shanghai’s Huangpu River this month, but animal carcasses are not the only things that end up in the nation’s waterways. Rivers and lakes are among the major … Continue reading

The first public report on the activities of officials


China‘s first public report on the activities of officials, covering an entire year, was released in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province at the end of last month. Individual heads of municipal agencies appeared before the media and the local community, to assesses their work in the past year. The speeches by heads of 27 municipal authorities could … Continue reading

China: Many freed from Beijing’s biggest ‘black jail’


Hundreds of petitioners have been released from one of Beijing’s biggest “black jails” – detention centres where people from across the country are illegally detained after petitioning against local injustices. The unusual mass release, which coincided with Tuesday’s Rule of Law Promotion Day, encouraged many petitioners, who took it as a signal that the new … Continue reading

China: Kindergarten abuses prompt calls for new legislation


Global Times reports: “Lawyers and members of the public have demanded new child abuse provisions be added to China‘s criminal code as police in Wenling, Zhejiang Province applied Monday to arrest a child-abusing kindergarten teacher using the charge ‘provoking a disturbance.’” “Yan Yanhong, the 21-year-old teacher, triggered public outrage after pictures were circulated online showing … Continue reading

China: Glimpses of Xi Jinping’s personal life


SCMP’s Minnie Chan says in her report from Fuzhou titled Xi Jinping put work first and missed birth of daughter: “Years in Xiamen helped Xi recover from his lowest ebb – and led him to meet his new wife “In the summer of 1992, as party chief of Fujian‘s provincial capital, Fuzhou, Xi Jinping missed … Continue reading

A visit to Shaoxing


Shaoxing is a smallish city in Zhejiang province about 200 km south east of Shanghai. Shaoxing is today mostly known for its fabric manufacturing. It is a nice city surrounded by beautiful scenery. There are plenty of things to do and see in the area. The highlight in the area is the East Lake (Dong … Continue reading

Greentown China facing bankruptcy in property slump


Property, traditionally a major source of wealth in China, now seems like a lose-lose prospect for investors. Restrictions on mortgages and purchases for those who already own a home are weighing heavily on the industry, with home prices hitting a 14-month low in April. Many analysts and developers had previously expected the restrictions to be … Continue reading

China’s shipyards flounder as building boom ends


Welder Zhang fires up his blow torch and looks up at the towering, 8,800-tonnes oil tanker that is likely to be his last job at China‘s privately owned Qiligang Shipbuilding Co. Barring a miracle, the 50-year-old will soon join the thousands of unemployed shipbuilders who have fallen victim to the end of China’s maritime boom … Continue reading

Dried fruit is hit by food scandal


Preserved fruit is the latest addition to the mainland’s expanding list of unsafe foods, after an investigation by state television found that some were processed in filthy factories and contained excessive additives. Preserved peaches were found packed in bags that had been used to hold animal feed, and hawthorn berries were soaked in a pool … Continue reading

Bankruptcies ripple through Chinese developers


More Chinese property developers have filed for bankruptcy, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday Continue reading

China’s small exporters must adapt or die


Chen Lifeng’s dress-making company survived the global financial crisis yet may fall victim to today’s milder economic slowdown, one that China deems necessary to secure its future growth. His company, Ningbo Tengsheng Garments Co., is grappling with slackening overseas sales, rapid wage rises and higher raw material costs that erode already thin profit margins. “The … Continue reading

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